After an awesome, if quick, stay at the Le Méridien Cairo Airport, I took the hotel shuttle to Terminal 2 to check into my Emirates flight to Dubai. All airlines in the terminal use the First Class Lounge for their business and first class flights. Here’s my review of the space.
After being dropped off in front of the hectic Terminal 2, I made my way inside to the check-in counter. There’s a security check before you even get there, though. There are men asking to help you cart your stuff, looking for bribes. You have to be pretty clear that you don’t want their help for them to get the hint.
After the security check, an Emirates agent printed out my boarding passes for my first three flights on my itinerary. Then, I went over to customs, and then the security check. After that, I was in the main duty-free area of the terminal, which looked brand-new, because it was!
The First Class Lounge was located in a confusing part of the terminal. Essentially, you have to walk down a hallway, but then you come across a security check. Having just cleared security, you’re a bit confused, but you’re waived through. Then, you enter an entry room, but the actual room you need is two further rooms down. It’s all really confusing, and you have to re-scan you bags on the way to your gate.
Inside, food was pretty lackluster.
There’s no alcohol in the lounge, which during my Ramadan stay was to be expected. I’m not sure if that’s the case year round.
I plopped down in some pretty comfy chairs in the next room, and waited a bit for my flight, which was delayed an hour.
I can’t say that I would really make a point to arrive early to use the lounge at Cairo’s airport, but it does make for a better environment to hang out in than the terminal. Though, the terminal being so new, one may elect to skip the lounge all together and hang out in the shops and restaurants.